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Metro Sex Survey

Metro Sex Survey

· Nearly one in every 14 New Zealanders in a steady relationship is also having sex with someone else on the side.

· Over a quarter of New Zealanders have had sex at their place of work.

· Around 30 per cent of both men and women say they occasionally or regularly use handcuffs or other restraints when they have sex.

These are three of the highlights of an exclusive new sex survey conducted by the Nielsen Company for Auckland magazine Metro.

Metro will publish the results in its April issue, due in store on Monday (28 March), which it has called “The Sex Issue”.

As well as the survey of New Zealanders’ sexual behaviour and attitudes, the issue contains:

· “Girl Talk”: a mother’s investigation of the sexualised but strangely conservative culture of her teenage daughter and her friends How come, she asks, they “dress like slatterns” but by the age of 16 have already chosen their wedding dress and posted it on Facebook?

· Three gay “tales of the city”: confessional stories of life in the sex lane.

· A revealing report on new research at Auckland University into today’s “hookup culture”.

· “The Happy Hooker”: a prostitute’s tale about why she loves her work.

· Photographic essays and portraits taken inside a dominatrix’s dungeon, on the streets and at parties.

· The first-ever portrait of Pam Corkery and her business partner in their guise as madams in charge of the “world’s first legal bordello for women”.

· A provocative NZ lingerie fashion shoot.

Metro editor Simon Wilson says: “We discovered with the survey that people really do want to talk about sex. Nielsen told us respondents were happy to answer the questions, even though we asked about some pretty explicit stuff, and many of them made a point of thanking the company for the chance to discuss intimate details of their lives.”

Other survey findings include:

· There were very few differences in sexual behaviour and preferences overall between Aucklanders and the rest of New Zealand.

· People having the most sex, and the best sex, were more likely to be in their 30s.

· 25 per cent of respondents have sex at least a few times a week.

· 15 per cent of respondents told Metro they were not completely straight.

· 45 per cent of all respondents said they don’t know if they would end the relationship if they discovered their partner was seeing someone else. Young people were very likely to call it off. The older people were, the less likely they were to say that’s the end.

· 48 per cent of women in their 20s usually ride on top, but only 17 per cent of women in their 50s.

· 19 per cent of men have paid for sex.

· 26 per cent of men watch porn several times a week.

“The porn findings reflect very clear changing social attitidues,” says Wilson. “Younger people watch more porn, and men watch much more porn. But there’s an interesting group in the middle. Between the younger people, almost all men, who watch it a lot, and the older people, tending to be women, who never watch it, there was a group who watch porn sometimes – maybe once a month or a few times a year, and they were equally men and women.”

Wilson adds that “men like to watch porn alone and women prefer to watch it with their partner. There was very little enthusiasm from anyone for watching it in larger groups.”

Westies have more sex

In Auckland, the survey revealed what a lot of Westies probably already know: Outrageous Fortune may have told the truth about sex. The show put sex on TV more often than anyone else, and it seems Westies themselves actually have more sex. The Metro survey showed:

· 33 per cent of people in west Auckland hit the sack a few times a week, at least (compared with 25 per cent overall).

What we really want

“We gave people a choice of things they would most like to be,” says Wilson. “Rich, a good lover, powerful, a good chef, that kind of thing. The results were very clear: 44 per cent of both men and women would rather be rich than anything else. But 52 per cent of men and 44 per cent of women would like their partner to be a good lover rather than rich.”

1000 people took part in the survey, which was conducted online among New Zealanders throughout the country, in the week of February 15-21. The margin or error was 3.1 per cent.


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